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[trans-mog-ruh-fahy, tranz-] /trænsˈmɒg rəˌfaɪ, trænz-/
verb (used with object), transmogrified, transmogrifying.
to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform.
Origin of transmogrify
1650-60; earlier also transmigrify, transmography; apparently a pseudo-Latinism with trans-, -ify
Related forms
transmogrification, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for transmogrification
Contemporary Examples
  • It was “currently under cannibalization and transmogrification into a very strange movie,” he said then, and that was that.

Historical Examples
  • Well, I'm blowed, here's a transmogrification; he's consolidified himself into a blessed brick—my eye, here's a curiosity.

    Varney the Vampire Thomas Preskett Prest
  • Then the dim, flickering light and the incense of the tobacco accomplished their transmogrification.

    The Bachelors William Dana Orcutt
British Dictionary definitions for transmogrification


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
(transitive) (jocular) to change or transform into a different shape, esp a grotesque or bizarre one
Derived Forms
transmogrification, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for transmogrification



"to change completely," 1650s, apparently a perversion of transmigure, from transmigrate, perhaps influenced by modify. Related: Transmogrified; transmogrifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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